Thursday, September 30, 2010
Dona Nobis Pacem. Laury took this one as Lucie and I sat on an old bench she found in the loft of her barn. In the background is one of the many limestone cliffs that make up the causse; this one shelters Laury's barn, the Chatette and the village lavoir.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A beautiful walk home to the Chatette in the warm mid-day sun.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Fall is in the air, and it seems like every blog I read is beginning to acknowledge the changing colors, the shorter days, and the cooler weather that heralds this cycling of the seasons. Laury's blog post today at Soar-Dream-France features a photo taken about the same time as this one I took last September. The trees were just beginning to turn. You can see Laury's Chatette in the lower left corner, its neighbor, the Chateau towering above it, and just peeking over Laury's roof...the village church steeple. For most people, fall signals the 'end'....of summer, of gardens, of long, lazy vacation days. For me, though, fall has always been the exciting 'beginning'....of the school year, of new adventures, new friends and new things to learn. It's so appropriate, isn't it, that I will arrive here in less than two weeks, when fall is at its peak! I will arrive to new adventures, new friends, and many, many new things to learn. Fall...the beginning of a new experience!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
My Webster's dictionary defines 'sojourn' as a temporary stay as a resident in another country.' My winter in France will be a sojourn; I will be a sojourner...a temporary resident. Because this is different than being a tourist, my preparation for this time is also different. Instead of planning visits to museums and galleries, I'm thinking about how I will get into Cajarc for groceries. Should I walk the 4kms or ride Laury's bike? Instead of planning road trips to the Mediterranean and Paris, I'm thinking about whether Greg will let me tag along to Figeac when I need to buy dog food and cat litter. I'll want to get into Cahors not to 'ooh and ahh' over the Pont Valente and St. Etienne's, but rather to worship with an Anglican community which meets in a Catholic parish hall outside of the city. Does the bus schedule correspond with their worship times? Can I buy an carnet of bus tokens, so I always have one handy? More questions for Laury...how do I build a fire in your great fireplace? How do I make a phone call to the States? Who is your vet? What do I do if the power goes out? This trip is not so much about the bright lights of the city and the wonderful tourist attractions of France. Instead it's about that light in the window that says 'welcome home.' At least...temporarily!